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Justice with Michael Sandel

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Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard's history, and has captivated more than 14,000 students.

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The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive   Michael Sandel visits Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report for a discussion about money and market values and ethics. What does Sandel mean by the Moral Limits of the Markets? Watch Stephen Colbert and Michael Sandel talk it over in [...]

Episode 01


If you had to choose between killing one person to save the lives of five others and doing nothing, what would you do?

Episode 02


Sandel presents some contemporary cases in which cost-benefit analysis is used to put a dollar value on human life.

Episode 03


With humorous references to Bill Gates and Michael Jordan, Sandel introduces the libertarian notion that redistributive taxation (taxing the rich to give to the poor) is akin to forced labor.

Episode 04


If we all have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, how can a government enforce tax laws passed by the representatives of a mere majority?

Episode 05


During the Civil War, men drafted into war had the option paying less privileged citizens to fight in their place. This leads to a debate about war and conscription. Is today’s voluntary army open to the same objection?

Episode 06


Professor Sandel introduces Immanuel Kant, a challenging but influential philosopher. Kant argues that only when we act out of duty, do our actions have moral worth.

Episode 07


If your friend were hiding inside your home, and a person intent on killing your friend came to your door and asked you where he was, would it be wrong to tell a lie?

Episode 08


Rawls argues that even meritocracy, a distributive system that rewards effort, doesn’t go far enough in leveling the playing field because those who are naturally gifted will always get ahead.

Episode 09


Should we compensate for historical injustices such as slavery and segregation? When a university’s stated mission is to increase diversity, is it a violation of rights to deny a white person admission?